10 K-Pop comebacks and promotions to watch (and listen) for

From boy bands like Seventeen and ZEROBASEONE to girl groups like aespa and LE SSERAFIM, here are the K-pop releases to (listen and) watch.

Jon-Patric De Mello

| October 21, 2023
NCT 127
NCT 127 recently dropped their fifth album, Fact Check – The 5th Album. Photo: SM Entertainment

The end of the year is always a chock-a-block time for K-Pop fans, both the casual listeners and the stans alike.

As multiple soloists and groups release their final comebacks for the year (though we often wish there were more), and particularly before the Mnet Asian Music Awards is slated to take place in November, fans are in for an absolute whirlwind.

It’s undoubtedly daunting for multi-stans (or those aspiring to get into K-pop) to keep up with all the activities in the K-Universe, but luckily we have collated all the comebacks that you need to add your calendars and countdown apps.

1. NCT 127

NCT 127
Members of NCT 127 at the press conference for the release of their fifth album. Photo: SM Entertainment

Date: 6 Oct
Release: NCT 127 The 5th Album ‘Fact Check’

In their second comeback of the year, almost 10 months since Ay-Yo (2023), NCT’s edgiest sub-unit, NCT 127, adds another experimental hip-hop song with an ear-wormy chorus to their repertoire with the Fact Check (2023) comeback.

Read more: Review: The sky’s the limit for NCT 127 as they return with fifth album Fact Check

2. Tomorrow X Together (TXT)

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(L to R) Taehyun, Yeonjun, Soobin, Huening Kai and Beomgyu at the pink carpet of the 2023 MTV VMAs. Photo: VMA

Date: 13 Oct
Release: The Name Chapter: FREEFALL

Hot-on-the-heels of their star-studded singles that feature the likes of the Jonas Brothers and Brazilian Singer-Songwriter, Anitta, TXT’s full-length album features 10 tracks for MOAs to revel in.

3. Seventeen

SEVENTEEN in a promotional photo for their upcoming 11th mini album Seventeenth Heaven. Photo: Pledis Entertainment

Date: 23 Oct

Donned in 80’s campground and hippie-themed attire in their concept pictures, Carats can look forward to eight new tracks from the K-pop boy group.

4. Jungkook

BTS Jungkook in a concept photo for his upcoming album, Golden. Photo: Weverse

Date: 3 Nov
Release: Golden, 1st Solo Album

With the release of his mega-hit singles 3D (2023) and Seven (2023), Jungkook has solidified his status as a superstar soloist during BTS’s hiatus and has left legions of fans eagerly anticipating his 11-track album.

Read more: Everything to know about BTS Jungkook’s upcoming solo album, Golden


ZEROBASEONE in a concept photo for their upcoming second mini album, Melting Point. Photo: Wakeone

Date: 6 Nov
Release: Melting Point, 2nd Mini-Album

Making their first-ever comeback, the stars of reality programme Boys Planet are set to release their 2nd mini-album fitted in snow-flecked all-white ensembles in their concept teasers, setting the mood for the winter season.

6. WayV

WayV. Photo: SM Entertainment

Date: 1 Nov
Release: On My Youth, 2nd Album

Almost a year since their last comeback Phantom (2022), WayV is finally set to return with new music not long after they performed on stage in NCT’s first-ever full-group concert featuring all five sub-units titled NCT Nation: To The World.

7. Enhypen

Enhypen poses for a photo after their Fate world tour in Newark. Photo: @ENHYPEN/X

Date: 17 Nov
Release: Orange Blood, 5th EP

6-months post the release of their Dark Blood (2023) EP in May that boasted the seductive main track Bite Me (2023), Enhypen is slated to release their 5th EP, with “Blood” a returning feature and seeming to imply a thematic continuation between the albums.

8. Stray Kids

Stray Kids was awarded the Artist of the Year and the Four Star Award at this year’s The Fact Music Awards. Photo: @Stray_Kids/X

Date: 10 Nov
Release: 樂-STAR, 8th EP

Stray Kids‘s core producing members, 3Racha, are back again to helm their latest comeback, with the concept of the “Rock-Star” (stylized on the album cover with the Korean character for rak) being rooted in the Korean phrase huiroaerak which translates into “joy, anger, sorrow and happiness”.


LE SSERAFIM in a concept photo for their upcoming digital single Perfect Night. Photo: Source Music

Date: 27 Oct
Release: Perfect Night, 1st Digital Single

LE SSERAFIM has quickly proven themselves as one of the biggest K-pop girl groups of the fourth generation with their massive hit-singles Antifragile (2022) and Unforgiven (2023), and their recent Asian tour that included concerts in Japan, China and Indonesia.

Fronting futuristic headgear and lounging in a pink-convertible in their concept photos, the countdown for the return of their visuals and signature pop sound begins.

Read more: Overwatch 2 announces first-ever in-game musical artist collab with LE SSERAFIM

10. aespa

aespa. Photo: Press

Date: 10 Nov
Release: Drama, 4th Mini-Album

Following the massive success of their 3rd mini-album My World (2023), and the bass-heavy main track Savage (2021), aespa’s November comeback is sure to leave MYs thirsty for more of their salty and sweet sound.

This article originally appeared on Men’s Folio.


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